740 July 2, 2021 There. I Fixed It. Solving problems using very extreme measures. Download Control-click (or right-click) Tap and hold to download Share a clip Transcript Olivia Fields Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION. Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass Ira Glass talks to Sam Ashner, whose debilitating fear of spiders was ruining his life. So he opted for an extraordinary treatment — the nuclear option — to deal with it. (6 minutes) Sam's treatment was featured in the documentary series A Cure For Fear, directed by Lana Wilson and made for Topic. Act One Catching Deer When You Wanted Lions ByLina Misitzis When the United States Congress saw a problem — sex trafficking — it acted to eliminate it. Producer Lina Misitzis looked into how the law played out for its targets and the others swept up in the “fix.” (33 minutes) Act Two The Lonely Island ByKaren Cheung For the last year, writer Karen Cheung has been watching her hometown of Hong Kong change in big and small ways under a new law, and wondering when and if leaving will be her last resort. (15 minutes) Song:“Not Gonna Get Us” by t.A.T.u. Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 267: Propriety June 11, 2004 Act One: Government Says The Darnedest Things The FCC says it just wants a little civility on the nation's airwaves. 686: Umbrellas Up Oct. 18, 2019 Act Six: Two Weeks Later The 22-year-old woman from the beginning of the show catches up with producer Diane Wu. 127: Pimp Anthropology Apr. 16, 1999 Act Two: The Price Of Ignoring The Rules Kevin's story continues. Staff RecommendationsView all 706 May 29, 2020 A Mess to Be Reckoned With Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. She's great at it. But then, her niece goes missing. 38 Oct. 11, 1996 Simulated Worlds Civil War reenactments, wax museums, simulated coal mines, fake ethnic restaurants, an ersatz Medieval castle, and other re-created worlds that thrive all across America.